School Coaches and Sports Safety Training

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

While lawmakers, coaches and school administrators agree having a trained coach on the field for sports activities would be beneficial for minor injuries and emergency situations, some say it raises some questions.

Michigan lawmakers are trying to pass a law that would require all public school coaches, who are usually first to respond to injuries and emergencies, be sports safety and first aid certified.

John Johnson of the Michigan High School Athletic Association says the burden of paying for this training will fall on the schools or on the coach. He also says this law may shy people away from applying for much-needed coaching positions in some districts.

Lawmakers say if the law passes, it will not require coaches to provide care if there is an accident. The law will also protect them under the "Good Samaritan Law."

The bill, passed in the Michigan Senate, will now go to the House Committee of Education.


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